MOSCOW, May 2. /TASS/. The Union of European Football Federations (UEFA) has declared Russia’s bid to host the UEFA EURO 2028 and the UEFA EURO 2032 as not eligible, the UEFA press service said in a statement on Monday.
"The UEFA Executive Committee declared the bid submitted by the Football Union of Russia (FUR) to host the UEFA EURO 2028 or the UEFA EURO 2032 as not eligible, in accordance with Article 16.02 of the Bid Regulations UEFA Finals and Final Phases which states that "each bidder shall ensure that it does not act in a manner that could bring UEFA, the UEFA final or UEFA final phase, any other bidder (or any employee, officer or representative of any of the foregoing), the bidding procedure or European football into disrepute," the statement said.
Moreover, the automatic qualification of the host team or teams shall be guaranteed, UEFA noted. "Therefore, given the uncertainty as to when the suspension will be lifted, the acceptance of a bid from the FUR would also go against the decision of the UEFA Executive Committee of 28 February 2022, suspending all Russian representative teams and clubs from participating in UEFA competition matches until further notice," according to the statement.
The next European football championship is scheduled to be hosted by Germany in 2024. The countries to host UEFA EURO 2028 and the UEFA EURO 2032 are expected to be defined in September 2023.
The press service of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) announced on February 28 that the Russian national team and all professional clubs representing the country were barred from taking part in FIFA and UEFA tournaments over the situation in Ukraine.